Do you know your catalytic converter from air-con compressor and your spark plugs from your shock absorbers? You don’t have to be a mechanic to know the most basic car parts. But if you give a motor more than a cursory glance over, which components can you identify? Take our cunning quiz to find out how much you really know.
Well done! You seem to know your way round a car pretty well.
Bad luck. Have another go now you’ve had some hints.
#1. The highlighted component is the alternator. Its job is to…
Never mind. You should charge towards the right answer next time.
#2. This is a key part of the engine. What is it?
Never mind. Inject a bit of knowledge and try again.
#3. This bottle contains fluid but what’s it for?
Never mind. Stay cool and you’ll get the right answer.
#4. This is a catalytic converter but what does it do?
Never mind. Choose the right answer and you’ll clean up.
#5. This is a vital part of every car but what is it?
Never mind. Just change down to get the right answer.
#6. This has liquid running through it. What is it?
Try again. It’d be cool if you brushed up on your car components.
#7. As you can see, this sometimes needs renewing, particularly if you suffer from hay fever. What is it?
Never mind. Your nose will tell you if this isn’t working properly.
#8. Lots of cars have at least one of these beneath their bonnet to boost power. What is it?
Never mind. Better luck next time!
#9. What’s the part inside the spring that stops your teeth rattling?
Never mind. Hit a bump with a broken one of these and your body will know all about it.
#10. This is a car’s braking system. The red thing is the…
Never mind. Better luck next time.
58 comments on “Quiz: How many of these common car parts can you identify?”
Thank you I enjoyed it
Great quiz and lots of useful information in your email, thank you, Ray J
The only item I wasn’t absolutely sure about was the fuel injector as all my mechanical experience is with carburetter fed engines.
9/10 Thought the radiator kept engine cool. Never mind, will try to do better next time. Not bad for a blonde though!!!
Makes you think about all the car parts we take for granted .
that was fun 10/10
10/10 for me . Very good idea for people to know what parts arex
Didnt think i would get them all right but i did
Well 10/10. Ain’t bad for an old fart like me(70)
I;m a woman I think I did reasonably well.
Makes one realise their mind is still active and better than one thinks.
common sense to an experienced motorist
9/1….good for a girl lol x
It was very easy
Just shows you what we need to know
Didn’t tell me the one I got wrong.
too many obvious answers
I’m old enough to remember when we didn’t have pollen because you couldn’t afford to do anything about it if you did
Simple if you know, some of the questions were probably very difficult for non petrol heads.
Basic knowledge like this should be part of your Driving Licence Test! (I can hear the howl of horror from here!!)
Even impressed myself for once!
all of them
Come on ask me something difficult!
Nice little quiz
Loved the challenge and surprised myself… being female
I got 8out of 10 not bad for a woman in her 70th year
9/10 ive impressed myself!
Good little quiz when so many motorists never open a bonnet and may be able to save money and inconvenience by so doing
I got 7/10, they said bad luck but as I am a woman I thought that was pretty good
Good idea to help people understand what engine parts are used for.
9 out of 10. Need to get under bonnet a bit more
Only 9 out of 10. I really must buy myself a more modern car. (Not!)
10 out of 10 top banana
Not bad but should be better.
Excellent quiz. Think basic car maintenance ought to be included in driving test.
Improves your knowledge of car parts and exactly what the parts do
some parts had me guessing
As cars get more modern, different parts get added to what you normally see, so it’s good to keep up with the times.
A really good reminder of what makes a car ‘tick’ (hopefully)
makes you think. very good
Good quiz need my pollen filter sorted
Very good but not good enough for most car drivers. Half of them do not know what a dip stick is and where to find it or what it’s for. It’s questions like that you should be asking.
Trouble is Ron a lot of dipsticks are driving the vehicles.
It’s normally the dipstick that’s driving the car
Easy enough to identify all components. Quiz perhaps more suited to d.i.y.ers. than your average motorist.
I think I did quite well possibly a bit of guesswork but getting 8 out of 10 is OK.
How can I know which questions I got wrong
8/10 not bad.
If I don`t know what I got wrong how can I better my knowledge
It underlines them in red and gives you a hint.
I got 8 out of 10, mainly because I have never had to change or see a fuel injector and not seen a turbo out of a car before.
Fun quiz but lots of newish cars have so many covers over the engine they don’t want you to touch them! lol.
100% but can’t do many repairs these days as it’s too complicated with the computer and relays and diagnostic equipment that you need
This is good , know that some people pu oil in there radiator, I got 10 out of10
I think a tricky one to put on here would be the Indicator lever(I know it,s not an engine part)but would appear that a lot of drivers nowadays don,t know what it,s for.